Pancakes, Pizza, & Protein Bars

Since I am graduating soon, the subject of “what’s next?” keeps coming up. Everyone wants to know, “what’s your plan?” and “what are you going to do with this degree?” In the past, I have been the gal keeping herself awake all night worrying with a million questions and stories in her head. I have never been the person to trust the universe and allow its process to unfold before me.

However, I am happy to report I am now learning to be more present in the moment. Of course, that’s not to say I haven’t thought about what’s next. I’m just not letting the ambiguity weigh me down anymore. Instead, I’m enjoying my life in the right here and right now and trusting that following my passions will guide me in the right direction.

At the moment, the only thing I can be sure of is that the next phase of my life is going to involve some darn good food. So, I’m putting my energy and focus into that. After all, what you focus on expands. My summer is going to be delicious. :)

Until then, a little help from some vegan restaurants will have to do. I have mentioned Pizza Pi before and I will mention them again because they are just that good. They are completely vegan and have a wide-range of pizzas and toppings. I tried their gluten-free pizza crust over the weekend and it was fabulous. Their pizzas and desserts are fabulous enough that I’ve heard people say, “I can’t believe this is vegan!” Yep, vegan food is that good.

Before my class on Saturday morning, Ash and I carved out just enough time in our busy lives to sit down to breakfast. Portage Bay Cafe was the perfect place for this. Their philosophy is sustainable, local, organic food and they have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast. You have to get there early enough (7 or 7:30 am) to avoid the line, but it is worth it!

And finally, if you’re in need of some vegan, gluten-free protein on the go, Bumble Bars are delicious. This was in my bag of goodies from VegFest that I got for renewing my Vegetarians of Washington membership. The main ingredients are sesame and flax seeds and they are also much lower in sugar than traditional protein bars. Yum!

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